Oral Answers to Questions — Afforestation (Private Woodlands)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1944.

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Photo of Viscountess  Apsley Viscountess Apsley , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 26th October 1944

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether, in view of the national importance of home-grown hard woods, he can now say what financial assistance and priorities in labour, fencing and materials, will be given to growers whose prime beech, oak and ash have been requisitioned by the Ministry of Supply, resulting in devastated woodlands, and who are willing to replant.

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

Proposals, including financial assistance, for the rehabilitation of private woodlands are under consideration by the Government. The Forestry Commissioners anticipate that when the state of the war permits an adequate allocation of labour and materials will be made for implementing an approved policy.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consider whether any financial assistance given may not be linked with the admirable scheme of dedication of woodlands proposed by the Forestry Commission in their Report?

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

I hope it will be so.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

May I ask if the Government are considering the fact that many of these destroyed woodlands were in industrial districts and that consequently they provided great amenity as well as being of value to the community?

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

I hope all the material considerations will be kept in view.